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India to push for $7bn Iran gas pipeline project

NEW DELHI: India is committed to a multi-billion dollar pipeline that will transport gas from energy-rich Iran through Pakistan despite reported objections from United States, Oil Minister Murli Deora said yesterday."I don't see any problem (on the Iran-Pakistan-India pipeline)," Deora was quoted as saying by the Press Trust of India news agency. "No country can debar India from this project. We are committed to this," Deora said during a visit to Mumbai. His comments follow reports that US Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman, during a visit here this week, had urged India to drop plans to construct the pipeline, saying it would help Iran build nuclear weapons. Deora did not give any timeframe for completion of the pipeline though last month he said an agreement on the pipeline could be signed by June. "I can't give any timeframe. The advisors have been appointed and they are preparing the feasibility report. It is too early to say at this stage," D

Balochistan’s illegal occupation must end --Dr Wahid Baloch

Dr Wahid Baloch  WSHINGTON DC: March 23, 2007. Baloch Society of North America (BSO-NA) president Dr Wahid Baloch said, that Balochistan is an occupied land, illegally occupied by Pakistan and Iran and that the illegal occupation of Balochistan must end. Speaking at the National press club in Washington Dc at the world Sindhi institute’s sponsored event, he said Balochs has nothing to do with Lahore resolution as Baloch were not invited nor they participated. He also said that secular Baloch people did not participated in any form in the creation of fundamentalist Islamic Pakistan. He said Balochistan was a free sovereign state and Pakistan after one year of its creation attacked the severing State and forced the Ruler of Balochistan to sign the Instrument of accession under duress while the both upper and lower Baloch parliament, (House of common and hose of lord) unanimously rejected the idea of merger with Pakistan. He backed his argument with historical data and facts and sai

HAF Pushes to Revamp Textbook Adoption Process in California

Washington, D.C. (March 22, 2007) – Under court order, the California State Board of Education (SBE) accepted comments and proposed changes to its textbook adoption process last week. The legal mandate resulted from the recent victory of the Hindu American Foundation’s (HAF) lawsuit against the SBE. The foundation had held that illegal procedures were being used in the adoption of instructional materials, namely sixth grade social studies textbooks, for use in California public schools. Representing Hindu American parents in California, the foundation submitted to the SBE twenty-two "comments" that would streamline the textbook adoption procedures and incorporate "critical" protective measures requiring that the process be clear and transparent to members of the public. "Last year Hindu parents were shut out of the textbook adoption process by the SBE implementing underground regulations and holding closed door meetings—subverting the public process,&quo


By B. Raman The Azam Warsak area of South Waziristan in the Federally-Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of Pakistan has been the scene of violent attacks by sections of the local tribals on the Uzbeks living in the area following the alleged murder of a local tribal personality by an Uzbek resident of the area. The attacks started on March 19, 2007. The Uzbeks retaliated and in the ensuing clashes nearly 100 persons have been killed----about 70 Uzbeks and the remaining locals mainly belonging to the Darikhel and the Tojikhel sub-tribes. The Yargulkhel sub-tribe led by Noor Islam and his brother Haji Omar, two important pro-Taliban military commanders who had once fought in Afghanistan, have been supporting the Uzbeks in their fight against the Darikhels and the Tojkhels. Some Yargulkhels have also been killed. The Interior Minister Aftab Sherpao has claimed that 84 Uzbek militants and 30 local tribesmen, including nine civilians, have been killed so far and another 83 Uzbeks captured

Young pretender finds his voice

“They’re dipping his toes in the swimming pool to see if he can swim,” said Inder Malhotra, a political analyst and author of Dynasties of India and Beyond. “The party needs him because, apart from the first family, there’s nothing else to it.” The crowd surged towards the white Land Cruiser, fists pumping the air, necks craning for a glimpse of the man who embodies India’s bloody political past and its uncertain future. “Long live Rahul!” they shouted, tossing marigold petals in the air as security guards heaved them back to allow the vehicle’s doors to open. Suddenly there he was — Rahul Gandhi, the 36-year-old son of Sonia and the late Rajiv, making his symbolic debut as heir to one of the world’s great political dynasties. Wearing a white tunic — and apparently no body armour — he hoisted himself on the side of the car with a shy, yet winning, smile. He waved and touched a few outstretched hands. Then, just as suddenly as he had appeared, h

Rahul Gandhi’s ‘road show’

Friday, March 23, 2007 12:25:54 IST Everything from living conditions to law and order are on decline and all that Rahul can think of is the Babri Masjid By coincidence rather than journalistic design I travelled to Uttar Pradesh the day after Rahul Gandhi began what the Congress Party call his ‘road show’. The term has more to do with business than politics as it is usually an event at which businessmen seek to raise money by advertising their wares. Appropriately used, perhaps, in Rahul Gandhi’s case since he used his road show to raise Nehru-Gandhi family capital by reminding Muslim voters that only his family stood between them and doom. Rubbishing his mummy’s first handpicked prime minister he went to that den of fundamentalist Islam, the Dar-ul-Uloom in Deoband, and pronounced that had a member of his family been prime minister in 1992 the Babri Masjid would never have fallen. No dearth of issues As I drove into U.P. I found myself wondering why a young and ‘secular’ l

Rahul lacks elementary knowledge of politics: Shahi Imam

Rahul lacks elementary knowledge of politics: Shahi Imam Badaun (UP), March 22: Responding to Rahul Gandhi's recent claim that the Babri mosque would not have been demolished had the Congress been in power in the state, the Shahi Imam of the Jama Masjid in Delhi said the Congress leader lacked elementary knowledge of politics. "He lacks elementary knowledge of politics and only speaks what he has been tutored," Syed Ahmed Bukhari told Reporte last night at the farmhouse of former MP D P Yadav near here. "The Nehru-Gandhi family has no right to rule the country," he said and claimed that Muslims were now aware of this political move and would not fall prey to it. "The community knows that (former Prime Minister) Rajiv Gandhi had got the gates of the disputed shrine opened and how the Congress government at the Centre had remained a mute spectator when the mosque was demolished," he alleged. Bukhari also said that t

Rahul Gandhi , the politician : Talking without thinking

By S Viswam Columnists/Columnists.asp ?#Rahul,%20the%20politician The difference between a politician and a statesman, it is said, is that while a politician always talks without thinking, a statesman never talks without thinking. Mr Rahul Gandhi, Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s son, is currently being groomed in politics. He seems to be adapting himself quite well to politics considering that he has begun talking without thinking. Whether he will ever prove to be a statesman is in the realm of conjecture and wishful thinking. Mr Rahul Gandhi, who is expected to rehabilitate the dying party in Uttar Pradesh by unleashing his charisma on that hapless State, is fulfilling the role of a politician to the hilt. He chose the Lucknow based Deoband Dar-ul-Uloom, the Islamic seminary, as the venue for a little bit of self-glorification of the Nehru-Gandhi family. What is more, after encountering wrathful criticism for naming his family as the only champions of Musl

The Four Phases of the U.S. COIN Effort in Iraq

Reproduced from Source: Professor Colin Kahl of the University of Minnesota’s Political Science Department has been kind enough to permit the Small Wars Journal to post an e-mail of his that was widely circulated. This e-mail concerns U.S. counterinsurgency (COIN) efforts in Iraq and a briefing presented by Andrew Krepinevich of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments titled The “New” Counterinsurgency Doctrine and the Baghdad Surge: Formula for Success? ---------- There is a lot of confusion about precisely what approach to COIN the U.S. military has pursued since the fall of Saddam's regime. The [widely disseminated] Krepinevich briefing [discussing the evolution of the surge] is very helpful in this regard, although the bullet points, by their nature, only tell a surface level story. Part of the problem in generalizing about U.S. COIN in Iraq is that the approach the U.S. military has taken to COIN has varied by region and commander, an

Iran Nuclear Energy Plants a Key to Iraq Peace?

IntelligenceOnline says Peace in Iraq is linked to American withdrawal from adn recognisition of Iran as regional power . In its latest newsletter published under title "Iran Nuclear Energy Plants a Key to Iraq Peace? " in Diplomacy section , it quotes "Just as a resumption of relations between the United States and China in 1972 was a necessary prelude to the US military’s withdrawal from Vietnam, peace in Iraq and the departure of American troops could well depend today on recognition of Iran as a regional power "

Russia : Alfa groups Worldwide Network of Consultants

Competing with governments for the control of three mobile telephone networks, Russia’s Alfa group has called on the service of a raft of consultants to defend its interests. A private group, Alfa is crossing swords with the state-owned Norwegian firm Telenor to win control of Khyivstar in Ukraine and VimpelCom in Russia. It is similarly fighting to get the upper hand in the Russian operator Megafon over the IPOC investment fund, whose ultimate beneficiary is Russian telecommunications minister Leonid Reiman. To counter its adversaries who have the might of governments behind them Alfa has forged a widespread network of consultants in London, Moscow and Washington to conduct public relations, lobbying and private intelligence operations (see graph below). The extensive use of consultants has often paid off. By investigating IPOC, for instance, Alfa was able to demonstrate the incestuous links between IPOC and the Russian government to several foreign courts. But the strategy has also b

FACTBOX-Five facts on India's Maoist armed struggle

FACTBOX-Five facts on India's Maoist armed struggle 22 Mar 2007 07:34:24 GMT Source: Reuters Indian Maoist violence More March 22 (Reuters) - Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has called the country's Maoist, or Naxalite, insurgency the biggest internal security challenge facing India since independence. Here are five facts on the three-decade-old armed struggle: * Ideologically led by activist Charu Majumdar, killed in police action in early 1970s, the ultra-left rebels began their fight with an armed peasant revolt in West Bengal's eastern Naxalbari village on May 25, 1967, which was brutally crushed by the state government. * Starting out poorly armed with spears and bows and arrows, the Maoists have acquired guns, hand grenades and guerrilla war expertise over the years. Thought to number up to 20,000, they say they are fighting for the rights of poor farmers and landless labourers. * Some 749 people, including 285 civilians, were killed in the conflict in 2


ROTC WITH CHINESE CHARACTERISTICS: TRAINING THE PLA IN CIVILIAN UNIVERSITIES By Roy D. Kamphausen China is nearly a decade into a program to commission up to half of the new People’s Liberation Army (PLA) officers from its finest universities. In the near-term, this initiative will take advantage of civilian institutions of higher education to train large numbers of technologically proficient military leaders better able to function on the high-tech battlefields of the 21st century. Over the longer term, relying on civilian education may well increase the level of PLA officers’ professionalism and potentially even alter the dynamic of elite interaction in the formulation of Chinese security policy. The pace of growth and the future impact of the program will shed important light on the quality of PLA leaders, while also contributing to an enhanced understanding of overall PLA military modernization programs. Program Origins In early 1999, the PLA leadership

Rahul Gandhi's campaign ends in fiasco

[Telegraph, March 19, 2007] http://www.telegrap 1070320/asp/ nation/story_ 7540461.asp Rahul Gandhi at the seminary - "Pointing to persons in the audience, he said: “I only see every individual here as an individual. They are all Hindustanis. Who is a Muslim, who is a Brahmin, who is a Thakur? I don’t see any of this, I am blind.” Translation - There is no identity as Hindus. There may be Brahmins, and Thakurs, but no Hindus. However, there is certainly a Muslim identity. Here is the actual Story If Rahul failed to see Muslims in the Deobandi school, which gave the ideology of Taliban, he is indeed blind. But there is a more interesting and significant story. Why did Rahul cut short his campaign after Gaziabad and Bareilly (not to be confused with Rae Bareilli) and beat a hasty retreat? The official story is of course that the Board exams made it impossible to campaign. This is hard to believe. Board exam dates are fixed months in advance. The dates

Secularism at play : Ajit Jogi and Kanchi Shankaracharya Arrests

The Kanchi Shankaracharya was arrested on trumped up charges and had to spend time in jail. The Tamil Nadu courts did not see any need to give him bail. And the secularists screamed 'let law takes its own course'. Secular politicians have special privileges, and the secularists are conspicuous by their silence. Namaste. Ashok Chowgule Jogi wait for bail lengthens Author: Rasheed Kidwai Publication: The Telegraph Date: March 20, 2007 URL: http://www.telegrap 1070320/asp/ nation/story_ 7540795.asp 19: Ajit Jogi's attempt to secure bail after his arrest in a murder case last night suffered a setback with hearing put off till tomorrow. Jogi, now a Congress MP, was campaigning for the Rajnandgaon Lok Sabha bypoll when Raipur police arrested him in connection with the murder of Nationalist Congress Party treasurer Ram Avtar Jaggi four years ago. Today a local court in Raipur asked him to move the sessions court. As Jogi's lawyers approached the sessions c

Hameed Gul : The Army's Role in the Pakistan Judicial Crisis

[Interview] Defense analyst and retired General Hameed Gul speaks to OhmyNews "Military as an institution is not collectively responsible for wrong doings of General Musharraf, they are hostage of strict discipline only," General Gul argued while defending the army of Pakistan. A defense-strategist turned right-wing intellectual and defense analyst, General Hameed Gul is the torchbearer and vocal supporter of the Pan-Islamist revival movement. He advocates for the unity of Muslim countries and the establishment of an economic bloc like the European Union. When the present judicial crisis started, General Gul automatically activated to protect the judiciary. Once he said: "After retirement I only changed my uniform but I never took off my military boots." A fierce opponent and critic of the policies of General Musharraf, General Gul Hameed was the man who led the great secret war against communism and the Soviet red army in Afghanistan as the head of Inter s

Jihadi Terrorism Training Camps in Kerala

By Babu Suseelan For several years Jiahdis and NDF have been active in Kerala. They have succeeded in bombing, murder, arson, violence and riots. Hundreds of Hindus were slaughtered and many became crippled. Jihadis have several objectives in Kerala. They want to bring about a union of all Muslims in Kerala and to create a Mini Pakistan. Towards that end, NDF is active in Muslim majority areas of Malabar. NDF's goal is to carry out a sustained struggle for the dominance of Islam in Kerala. According to its ideology, it is the duty of every Muslim to protect and defend the interest of Muslims where Muslims are under the rule of the non-Muslim in the democratic system. It has, thus chosen the path of Jihad war as prescribed in the Koran. They follow sayings of the Koran which preach cruelty, incite violence, and disturb public tranquility. "Believers, make war on the unbelievers who dwell around you. Let them find harshness in you." Surah 9:Ayat 123. "When the sacred

Mercenaries of the Pacific Some recent events, ending in court cases, have thrown light on the little-known topic of mercenaries in the Pacific region, and on the implications of the proliferation of private military companies (PMCs) in general: In Bougainville, Papua New Guinea, four remaining Fijian ex-soldiers supplied by the aptly named Fijian PMC Ronin surrendered to the authorities. They had been training a private army for pyramid-scheme conman and self-proclaimed “King of Papala”, Noah Musingku, until a deadly raid by a rival armed group, the Bougainville Freedom Fighters, late last year. One Fijian mercenary remains on the run. Musingku promised them F$1 million each which he could never have paid - and he certainly couldn’t afford the F$35 million he reportedly offered to Fiji’s army chief Voreqe Bainimarama before the coup. More info and analysis in a previous post. In Lebanon, an Australian and a New Zealander, both ex-SAS, are in prison, after they were hired by Lebane

Satellite based Communication Network to link border outposts

A project has been prepared by Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) for installation of satellite based Communication Network to link border outposts(BOPs) in their area of responsibilities including Sino-Indian borders. This project envisages providing complete secure communication on voice, FAX, Data, Video Conferencing and Internet facility. The proposal of ITBP is under examination of Ministry of Home Affairs. Both Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and the Border Security Force (BSF) have been provided with V-SAT based Communication Networking under POLNET Scheme which are able to provide Data, FAX and Voice Communication. 165 V-SAT Terminals for BSF and 32 V-SAT Terminals for ITBP respectively have been approved and against the approved terminals, 63 terminals of BSF and 18 of ITBP have been made operational. The remaining terminals will be added in the network in a phased manner. These terminals will be installed along the BOPs manned by BSF and ITBP in their respective areas of

Nandigram gets Naxalbari advice

Naxalbari: It was for the control of land that Pawan Singh's mother Dhaneshwari Devi and eight other tribals were killed in police firing on May 25, 1967 in Naxalbari. And now Pawan Singh, who was an active participant in the Naxalbari peasant uprising has a simple advice for the farmers in faraway Nandigram. "These rallies, bands and meetings are of no use. There is only one way - take up arms and start a guerrilla movement." In 1967, Naxalbari's peasants had taken up arms and launched the Naxalite movement which then spread to other parts of the country, though in Naxalbari itself the movement was short-lived. With Nandigram and Singur on the boil now, veterans from '67 believe an armed Left radical struggle is still possible. Says Co-Founder Naxalbari movement, Kanu Sanyal, "We gave the slogan 'protect land with arms in hand' and it became the Naxalite movement. In Singur and Nandigram where the peasantry is rising against the governm

Atlantic Free Press - Hard Truths for Hard Times - Global Ruling Class: Billionaires and How They 'Made It'

Global Ruling Class: Billionaires and How They 'Made It' Click Name for Bio of James Petras Tuesday, 20 March 2007 by James Petras While the number of the world's billionaires grew from 793 in 2006 to 946 this year, major mass uprisings became commonplace occurrences in China and India. In India, which has the highest number of billionaires (36) in Asia with total wealth of $191 billion USD, Prime Minister Singh declared that the greatest single threat to 'India's security' were the Maoist led guerrilla armies and mass movements in the poorest parts of the country. In China, with 20 billionaires with $29.4 billion USD net worth, the new rulers, confronting nearly a hundred thousand reported riots and protests, have increased the number of armed special anti-riot militia a hundred fold, and increased spending for the rural poor by $10 billion USD in the hopes of lessening the monstrous class inequalities and heading off a mass upheaval. The total wealth of th